For nearly a year now, Spotify has been planning to launch a higher tier of its streaming service with CD-quality music in select markets in 2021. However, Spotify HiFi is not yet available and there are no indication when will it actually arrive.
“We know that HiFi quality audio is important to you. We feel the same way and are excited to offer a Spotify HiFi experience to Premium users in the future. But we don’t have time details to share yet,” a Spotify moderator on Community forums. “Of course we will update you here when we can.”
Ploonge has reached out to Spotify for more details.
In 2017, Spotify tested CD-quality audio, offering some users in the US access to lossless music for an extra $7.50 a month. Since then, other prominent music streaming services have embraced lossless streaming, with Apple Music joining the likes of and . French HD streaming service Qobuz in the US in 2019.
Spotify hasn’t said how much HiFi will cost when the service rolls out more widely, but competitors may force their hand to offer lossless music streaming at no extra cost. , and all included CD-quality audio in their standard plans last year.
Other details about Spotify HiFi aside from pricing and availability remain unclear. However, the company has confirmed that the service will work with Spotify Connect-enabled speakers.
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